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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors
The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it.

Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.

“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”

Iorio says the once 2,000 strong force is shrinking rapidly; since the start of summer, hundreds of officers have left the department.

“These are the men and women who we look to protect us… and police officers can’t protect you if they’re not there. Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12 hour shifts for what they are getting paid… These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said.

And that’s why Iorio cautions those who enter the city to be wary.

“The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable,” he said.

Iorio said the department today has less officers than ever, even though crime rates are through the roof.

“By denying police officers the appropriate manpower, there’s a manpower crisis right now, there’s 1,000 fewer police officers today than there was 10 years ago, yet the homicide rate is higher. There’s more crime now than before, so if anything you need more officers, not fewer officers,” he said.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/06/2012 12:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  While Detroit *is* a poster child for the blue-state model, this is more about unions, wages and working hours than crime.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/06/2012 13:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I know the answer. Let's make guns totally illegal. That should reduce the violence, just like in Chicago and DC.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/06/2012 14:54 Comments || Top||

#3  could this be the answer?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/06/2012 15:02 Comments || Top||

#4  hmmmm what does Detroit have thats make it soooo dangerous
Posted by: Frank G || 10/06/2012 15:26 Comments || Top||

#5  they have black local elected officials, bureaucrats, Congress critters, populace. What could it be keeping them from achieving greatness? Somebody must be keepin em down!
Posted by: Frank G || 10/06/2012 15:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Make Love not War [on Crime]. Heh.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/06/2012 16:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Lets not forget the huge muslim population demanding community services. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/27/in-key-american-muslim-enclave-alienation-is-growing/
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/06/2012 16:53 Comments || Top||

#8 
Posted by: George Glaigum7976 || 10/06/2012 16:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Many of our urban areas are disintegrating. When I travel the Interstate highway system I rarely go off onto side streets. Repo guys know the bad areas. I know a bounty hunter who had his truck jacked. He located it with his gps. He went and stole it back. He let the police know after he got no help from them.
Posted by: Dale || 10/06/2012 19:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Many of our urban areas are disintegrating

It may be more of an evolutionary feature rather than a bug that needs 'rescuing'. Although, you'll hear the unending whine from those who believe them to be the 'be all and end all' of human habitat.

The rationale for some cities have disappeared, just like hundreds of ghost towns of the Old West. In other cases, the products and services which were once exclusive the large cities are now displaced to smaller entities and communities. You now longer have to go to the Big City for entertainment and culture either.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/06/2012 19:48 Comments || Top||

#11  The welfare state doesn't help. In the past, the carrying capacity of a city for those who didn't work was limited .... today, not so much.
Posted by: lotp || 10/06/2012 19:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Obama wants his urban areas. I have seen it time and time again. People don't want you to move up in the world. Friends for years will say, "well I guess that's the last we will see of you". In elementary school going to a higher grade reading group will cause trouble for those left behind. When we had the riots it was the urban areas. Many who have left the cities years ago will tell you "you can't go back".
Posted by: Dale || 10/06/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

#13  D *** NG, this means the Gubmint sent the Snake to the wrong City - twasn't NYC or LA [Tehrangeles?], but "ESCAPE FROM DETROIT"???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/06/2012 22:02 Comments || Top||


FBI sez: Friendly Fire likely, but not for sure, in Border Agent shootings - AP
Investigation is still on-going, family looking for answers, FBI releases "preliminary" report blaming officers for shooting one another? Strange, very, very strange

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Considering it was on Federal land where they were shot.... and they can't do so much as throw spit balls this seems... well... cooked.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/06/2012 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  A determination of "Friendly Fire" would essentially make the search for the weapons of illegals and their origins, quite unnecessary.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/06/2012 4:34 Comments || Top||

#3  How long will it take for a balistics report to nail this down?
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 10/06/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  As the only "friendlies" were Border Patrol and all BP were armed with bean bags and rubber bullets, I think not.
What's that smell? Is there something dead in here or is a lie making its way out of some orifice?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/06/2012 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  How long will it take for a balistics report to nail this down?

A couple hours? This smells more like PR battlespace preparation.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/06/2012 13:49 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Possible Good News from San Francisco (think 'Nancy Pelosi')
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/06/2012 07:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That is good news. Nancy Pelosi won't be frolicking nekkid on the town square. That's a difficult image to deal with.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/06/2012 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Good. The people that run around naked there are the ones that you don't want to see in that state.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/06/2012 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  nude=natural=wildlife

I'd have Game and Fish tranquilize them and take them out to the those locations they normally release bear and other unclothed mammals back to the wild to be back in the natural habitat away from civilization.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/06/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Tunisia Police Use Rubber Bullets on Sidi Bouzid Demo
[An Nahar] Tunisian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Sidi Bouzid who were demanding the governor's resignation, Agence La Belle France Presse reported.

Around 1,000 people gathered in the central Tunisian town, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last year, accusing the governor of "incompetence" and calling for him to go.

Some of them tried to break into the provincial government headquarters, but there was a heavy police and army deployment in the area, and security forces fired warning shots and tear gas to scatter the protesters.

The police evacuated the governor from his office.

Separately, a general strike was observed in Meknassy, in the Sidi Bouzid region, called by Tunisia's main UGTT trade union to protest the absence of development projects.

"The strike was 100 percent successful," said Zouhair Khaskhousi, a local union leader, while the regional office of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda called the strike "illegal."
Posted by: Fred || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
12,000 striking miners fired in S. Africa
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In the end many will die, everyone will be re-hired, the mines will become lagging, non-productive People's Mines but the whites will be gone. Yes, similar themes and outcomes are indeed found elsewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/06/2012 4:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Replace miners with teachers and Africa with Chicago then you got something.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 10/06/2012 10:07 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Protest against hijab ban in Azerbaijan turns violent
In Azerbaijan's capital on Friday, police clashed with about 200 Muslim activists protesting a ban on the wearing of the hijab in the nation's secondary schools. Police officers wielding batons clashed with protesters in the capital, Baku, as they broke up the protest outside the Education Ministry.

Video of the clashes posted on the Radio Azadliq website showed officers beating some of the protesters with their batons and some activists fighting back with sticks. Several police officers were wounded, and 72 people were arrested.

Some protesters carried signs with such slogans as "Stop Islamophobia" and "Freedom for the hijab."

The hijab is prohibited under rules that define what kind of uniforms students must wear in Azerbaijan, a mainly Shiite Muslim country where officials have been seeking to prevent the rise of radical Islam.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/06/2012 01:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:


Tajikistan Extends Presence of Russian Military Base for 30 Years
[An Nahar] Russia on Friday won an effectively free 30-year extension to military base it leases in Tajikistan to police that country's drug and crime-infested border with Afghanistan.

The agreement valid through 2042 was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile...
during his visit to the Tajik capital Dushanbe for the 60th birthday celebrations of Tajik leader Emomali Rakhmon.

The bases garrisoned by the 7,000 men of the 201st Motor Rifle Division are among Russia's most important foreign outposts due to their role in protecting the increasingly volatile ex-Soviet lands of Central Asia from the dangers of insurgency and organized crime.
201st MRD was formerly garrisoned in Afghanistan.
"We are practically getting it for free," Putin's foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov was quoted as saying by news agencies ahead of the signing ceremony.

Putin said the bases would ensure "the reliable defense of our mutual strategic interests and strengthen the security and stability of the Central Asian region."

Rakhmon for his part stressed that Russia had promised to pay for the Tajik military's upgrade and training in return.

Russia has pledged to supply the depleted Tajik forces with "modern types of weapons."

Mountainous Tajikistan's seven million people are collectively the poorest in the former Soviet Union and rely on migration to Russia for subsistence wages.

Ushakov estimated that there were 1.3 million labor migrants from Tajikistan in Russia who send home money equivalent to half of their country's gross domestic product.

The two sides also signed a new labor worker agreement whose details were not disclosed.
Posted by: Fred || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy
Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue.

Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally. They will be ferried across the Grand Canal in gondolas to deliver a "declaration of independence" to the headquarters of the Veneto regional government.

It may sound fanciful, and it will be fiercely resisted by Rome, but activists want to carve out a new country in north-eastern Italy which would comprise Venice, the surrounding region of Veneto and parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The "Repubblica Veneta", as it would be known, would encompass about five million people.
Might as well: if Europe is supposed to be one big happy family, why not each of the kids have their own bedroom?
Recent surveys show widespread support for independence among Venetians, who speak a distinct dialect and feel geographically and culturally distant from Rome.

A poll conducted by Corriere della Sera in September found that 80 per cent were in favour of independence. A more recent poll by Il Gazzettino, a local newspaper, found a slightly lower but still overwhelming level of support – 70 per cent.

The political movement was formed in May and shortly afterwards presented a petition with 20,000 signatures to Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto region.

"We have gained a lot of momentum from what is happening in Scotland and Catalonia and things are moving fast," Lodovico Pizzati, the head of the movement, told The Daily Telegraph on Friday. "And we are building on a very strong base – calls for independence for the Veneto region go back to the 1970s. It may sound crazy but I think Veneto will become independent before Scotland or Catalonia."

Mr Zaia has acknowledged the high level of support for independence but said there is no constitutional basis for Venice and the surrounding region to secede from Italy.
The pro-independence activists say they have meanwhile referred their case to José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission.

"We argue that our right to self-determination is being violated," said Prof Pizzati, a former World Bank economist who now lectures at Venice's Ca' Foscari University.

Italy's economic crisis has only exacerbated Venetians' resentment against the central government in Rome.

"The economic situation here is really desperate, with the recession hitting small and medium-sized businesses. Meanwhile of the 70 billion euros we pay in taxes to Rome, we get back about 50 billion euros, directly and indirectly. We are losing out on 20 billion euros a year," said Prof Pizzati.

After more than a millennia of independence, the Most Serene Republic of Venice, La Serenissima, was invaded by Napoleonic forces in 1797, with the French deposing the last doge. After a few decades under Austrian rule, Venice and the surrounding region was incorporated into Italy in 1866, five years after the unification of the rest of the country.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/06/2012 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is probably already on a map somewhere in the EU as one of the provinces of "The Greater European Republic" or whatever they're calling their desired end point these days.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/06/2012 9:49 Comments || Top||

#2  ...you mean something like this?

Given the old saying 'you and whose army' meets a EU that has really no army [that in previous centuries kept aspirations in check] or means to fund such, forcing the natives in line is going to be interesting.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/06/2012 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  As far as the Eu is concerned it shouldn't matter what size the member states are. Dissolving to smaller parts will make them more dependent upon the larger EU for a number of things and limits the debt they can run up. Of course it also makes countries like Italy more likely to drop out of the EU as well because there is still national pride despite all attempts to suppress it.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/06/2012 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  It's worse over here. I Just looked at a map, and by my count seven states have left the union, leaving us with only fifty.
Posted by: Matt || 10/06/2012 14:18 Comments || Top||

#5  I blame Bush, Matt. Obama inherited this only-50-state union.
Posted by: lotp || 10/06/2012 20:19 Comments || Top||

#6  And the new "Reformation" of the US-West continues, NOT as per the Sharia-happy Islamic World.

Better start saving $$$ to buy stock in Burqua Inc, a OWG/Global Caliphate LLC - "D *** NG IT, WE BEHEAD OUR CUSTOMERS RIGHT"!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/06/2012 22:08 Comments || Top||

#7  I wonder whether these folks (Venice, Scotland, Catalonia, etc) have the wherewithal to survive on their own?
Posted by: tipover || 10/06/2012 23:09 Comments || Top||


Great White North
British Columbia nixes Wiccan prison chaplains
Posted by: ryuge || 10/06/2012 23:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Muslim Leader Found Dead in Israel Mosque
[An Nahar] A leader of the Mohammedan community in the Israeli town of Ramle was found dead in a mosque on Friday under suspicious circumstances, police said.

"A body was discovered, which was later identified as that of Mohammed Taji, aged around 80," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

Samri added that the body showed signs of violence, including traces of blood, and that an investigation had been opened.

Ramle Mayor Yoel Lavie, who knew the victim, told Ynet news: "We're in absolute shock. He was a beloved figure who worked tirelessly to bring the local Muslin and Jewish communities together."

Taji was the head in Ramle of the Waqf, the institution responsible for managing Mohammedan properties and buildings.
Posted by: Fred || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He was a beloved figure who worked tirelessly to bring the local Muslin and Jewish communities together."

I think I see the motive right here. And with that identified, the odds are 10:1 (or more) the killer was a member of the RoP.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/06/2012 7:41 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Three women man sharia courts in the Philippines
Posted by: ryuge || 10/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:



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  US suspected drone kills five persons in Shabwa
Fri 2012-10-05
  18 Republican Guards killed in Damascus province
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  Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value
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  Syria shells kill five inside Turkey
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  More Than 130 Dead in Syria amid Clashes in Aleppo Souk
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